Process overview

The FAA Pilot license conversion process is fairly simple but can take a few months. Here’s a quick overview of the steps involved:

FAA Pilot license conversion

Get a Foreign License Verification letter

The FAA website explains the different steps to convert your ICAO license to a Private Pilot license. Visit https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/ for more information.

Warning: this process can be lengthy, be sure to start it early.

TSA Approval

Although you are completing an FAA license conversion, you will need to complete your instrument rating with an examiner. You will also need to apply for TSA clearance before starting this training. This guide provides great information regarding the process. Here is an overview of the steps involved:

  1. Create an account and apply for training at: http://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/
  2. The flight school will approve your request
  3. TSA will email you with a request to pay an application fee
  4. TSA will review your application and send fingerprinting instructions
  5. Fingerprinting is done upon arrival in Prescott, AZ
  6. TSA will review fingerprints and issue a final approval

Be sure to start this process BEFORE arriving in the US. Step 1 through 4 can be completed prior to arrival, which will save a lot of time and money. Note that you cannot start flight training until TSA issues a final approval.

Visa Issuance

You will also need to receive an M-1 visa for your training. Our team is ready to help you. The visa process is simple:

  1. Visit the Admission page to download our application form
  2. We will send you an I-2o form via overnight shipping
  3. Make an appointment to an American Embassy in your country
  4. Receive your M1 visa

DO NOT book your airplane ticket until you have an M1 visa and a Letter of Verification from the FAA.

Tell us more about you

If you own an ICAO Commercial Pilot license and are looking to get an FAA Commercial Pilot license, please fill out the form below. We will send you a personalized quote and get you started quickly.

Before filling out this section, be sure to read it completely and research in the information in your logbook. If you take too long, your request might time-out and you will have to start again.

Personal Information
First Name: *
Last Name: *
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Licenses Held
Current ICAO License Held (check all that apply):
Current FAA License Held (check all that apply):
Flight Experience
VERY IMPORTANT: Cross Country in the United States are defined as anything over 50NM, NOT 25NM as in certain parts of the world such as Europe. Only count your cross countries that meet the US requirement.
This section is designed to determine your aeronautical experience under FAA Part 61. Please review your logbook carefully and fill out the information below. This will greatly affect the accuracy of the cost and length of your Commercial training course.  The following fields show the requirements as per 14 CFR Part 61.129. Please fill in your experience in the fields provided.
Total hours in powered aircraft:
Total hours in airplane:
Total pilot-in-command flight time:
Total pilot-in-command flight time in airplane:
Total pilot-in-command cross-country flight time:
Total pilot-in-command cross-country flight time in airplane:
Total instrument training:
Total instrument training in single engine airplane:
Total hours in a complex or turbine powered airplane:
Hours with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test:
Total hours of solo flight time in a single engine airplane:
Total flight time performing duties of pilot in command in a single engine airplane with an authorized instructor on board:
Total hours in night VFR conditions:
Cross Country and Landing Experience
2-hour dual cross country flight in a single engine airplane in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure. If completed, please specify the date, route, and duration of this flight.
2-hour dual cross country flight in a single engine airplane in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure. If completed, please specify the date, route, and duration of this flight.
Solo cross-country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles from the original departure point. If completed, please specify the date, route, and duration of this flight.
Number of night solo takeoffs and landings (with each landing involving a flight with a traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
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